Martha Stewart Is Selling Replicas of the Nativity Set She Made in Jail

The only woman who can turn Christmas in prison into profitable holiday decor

Martha Stewart attends the 2021 Z100 IHeartRadio Jingle Ball Press Room at Madison Square Garden on December 10, 2021 in New York City.
It's a Martha Stewart Christmas
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In further proof that everything Martha Stewart touches turns to a flex, the lifestyle mogul/former inmate is cashing in on her brief early-aughts prison stint in the most Martha Stewart way imaginable: selling replicas of the nativity scene she crafted behind bars.

Like pretty much everything else Martha Stewart does, from dropping a sultry pool selfie to refusing to use mugs because they’re ugly, the fact that the woman who turned homemaking into a multi-million-dollar lifestyle brand spent her time in jail crafting DIY holiday decor is somehow as delightfully surprising as it is completely in character.

Advertising the replicas on TikTok, Stewart joked that, unlike your Grandma’s nativity, these ceramic replicas of the birth of Christ come with “a little street cred,” on account of having been born behind bars.

“These are exact replicas of the nativity scene I made in pottery class when I was away at ‘camp,’” said Stewart, revealing that the original still has her inmate number written on it.


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♬ original sound – Martha Stewart

The fourteen-piece set, which is currently for sale online at for $149, includes three camels, two shepherds, two oxen, three wise men, an inn keeper, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The figurines are all identical to the ones Stewart glazed and painted herself while spending Christmas 2004 in jail at West Virginia’s Alderson Federal Prison Camp.

Once again, Martha Stewart, the only woman who can take Christmas in jail and turn it into a wholesome holiday product, has proven she is the real lord and savior we should be celebrating this holiday season. Personally, I can think of no better way to honor the birth of Christ than by displaying a jail-made nativity scene, the very same one Stewart has used since her first post-prison holiday in 2005.

Wishing Martha Stewart and Martha Stewart only a very merry Christmas, and may 2022 bring us all a full line of Martha Stewart’s prison-made home goods.

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